RC Lens is faced with a defensive workforce problem with the loss in a few days of Christopher Wooh, who left for Rennes, and that of Jonathan Gradit, injured for several weeks. But the club does not seem without resources.
Sometimes fate is particularly mischievous. It was then that Christopher Wooh flew to Rennes in the last hours of the transfer window, depriving RC Lens of its designated number 4 in defense, that Jonathan Gradit was injured for several weeks. If he had stayed at RC Lens, Christopher Wooh, who has not yet played a single minute with Rennes (2 benches in L1, another in the Europa League), would have had playing time and Racing would not would not be found in this delicate situation.
Of course, the RC Lens is not without solution: the side Massadio Haïdara, decidedly a particularly useful player, knew how to adapt in a register which we did not really know him, that of defender right axis, him that we have always seen it evolve on the left when it has gone down a notch. There’s also Steven Fortes, whose current form we don’t know very well, or the young Ismaël Boura, who we know mainly in positions on the left side like Massadio Haïdara or the promising Adrien Louveau who is currently recovering from a wound. There is also the solution Jean Onana who has played in defense in the past, especially in Belgium. But these possibilities, although credible, may seem like DIY and for some, they would pluck another sector.
Alexander Djiku, a name that circulates among many other possibilities in the viewfinder of RC Lens?
So RC Lens is thinking of a joker. This was already the case before Jonathan Gradit’s injury, it is even more so today. But quietly. In an interview for The Voice of Sports made before the defender’s injury and published on Monday, sporting director Florent Ghisolfi confides that the club posed “ the 10 names » which interests him, but underlines a « restricted market “. The name of Strasbourg Alexander Djiku is currently emerging. It began to circulate as soon as there was talk of a joker in Lens, without the information having, at least at that time, more substance than a name on a list. The latter looks expensive. Even if discussions took place this summer for a departure, with a transfer aborted at the last moment in Hoffenheim, it is still a holder of the Alsatian club at the start of the season. A Strasbourg which needs all its strength after disappointing first days. Racing could also go digging among the bargains in Ligue 2.
It must be said that recruiting a joker means limiting yourself to the French market. 10 days after the closing of the transfer window and this surprise departure, the transfer of Christopher Wooh to Rennes appears even more like a small thorn in the side of the Lensois, but there are also already only 9 matches left to play before the transfer window. winter which will be much more open. And Jonathan Gradit may be back before the very end of this series. The Sang et Or wanted to keep Wooh but the player no longer necessarily had his mind in Lens when Rennes came to offer him a way out with the hope of a little more playing time, but also an offer of transfer (10 million euros for a player who arrived free a year ago) difficult to refuse for the club as well. Should we really have regrets in these conditions? In the meantime, this may be an opportunity for some to reveal themselves internally. Racing, which has just had 3 good results without its leader Seko Fofana in the starting lineup, has a real group and it often does not fail to surprise. At RC Lens, we do not seem in any case frankly in a situation of panic in the face of this situation.
Christophe Schaad, with Eloise De Mester